AGRO321 Crop Production

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Updated: 10 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
17 August 2020 19 August 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites AGRO211 or BOTY211 or BOTY203 or candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Richard Flavel (
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the principles and processes of plant, soil and water interaction in the management of irrigated and dryland cropping and horticultural systems.

The unit involves lectures, laboratory and field activities, and covers two sections: (i) horticultural production systems including principles of orchard, vineyard, vegetable and flower management and nursery practices; and (ii) dryland and irrigated field crop production systems examining constraints to yield; integrated management of water, nutrients and weeds/pests/diseases for cereals, oilseeds, pulses, sugar and fibre crops.

On-campus students participate in a two-day tour that forms part of the practical component. Online students attend the mandatory intensive school during which they participate in laboratory activities and field excursions.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe the constraints to, and potentials of, sustainable crop and horticultural production systems;
  2. integrate general principles of soil and plant processes for sustainable agricultural plant production (dryland and irrigated crops and horticultural species) practices;
  3. manage crops and horticultural systems for environmental, economic and social outcomes; and
  4. communicate effectively to others in written and verbal formats on issues relating to sustainability within the Agronomy discipline.